Deputies ID suspect, victim in apparent murder-suicide near West Linn

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WEST LINN, Ore. – Investigators are releasing more details into what they say appears to be a murder-suicide situation at a West Linn home on Wednesday afternoon.

Deputies say neighbors saw David Cote, 34, show up at the address on Alderwood Drive at about 1:30 p.m. in a black SUV. He then walked up to the house carrying a large firearm with a scope.

Neighbors called 9-1-1 after hearing gunshots, saying that Cote had shot Bethany Noelle Schuch, 35, outside the home.

Cote and Schuch knew each other before the incident, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Clackamas County SWAT Team worked with law enforcement to surround the home.

They saw Schuch on the ground and thought that the suspect could be at large. As a precaution, West Linn Police sent out an alert to nearby homes, asking people to stay indoors and away from their windows.

SWAT later found Cote just outside the residence, in a breezeway between the home and a garage.

According to deputies, Schuch suffered several gunshot wounds, while Cote had what appeared to be one self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

If you have any helpful information in the case, or know what Cote was doing leading up to the incident, investigators want you to call the tip line at (503) 723-4949.


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